Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion

Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials

Author: Christos Lynteris,Nicholas H A Evans

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319629298

Category: Science

Page: 230

View: 550


This edited volume draws historians and anthropologists together to explore the contested worlds of epidemic corpses and their disposal. Why are burials so frequently at the center of disagreement, recrimination and protest during epidemics? Why are the human corpses produced in the course of infectious disease outbreaks seen as dangerous, not just to the living, but also to the continued existence of society and civilization? Examining cases from the Black Death to Ebola, contributors challenge the predominant idea that a single, universal framework of contagion can explain the political, social and cultural importance and impact of the epidemic corpse.

The Plague Maiden

Number 8 in series

Author: Kate Ellis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748126694

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 1302


When a letter arrives at Tradmouth police station, addressed to a DCI Norbert it causes quite a stir. For though DCI Norbert has long since moved on, the letter claims to have evidence that the man convicted of murdering the Rev. Shipbourne, Vicar of Belsham, during the course of a robbery in 1991, is innocent. Despite having a full case load, including investigating a series of vicious attacks on a local supermarket chain, DI Wesley Peterson is forced to at least follow up on the letter writer's claims. Meanwhile archaelologist Neil Watson is excavating as site in Pest Field near Belsham church. He discovers a mass grave that leads him to conclude that the site - earmarked for development - is one of an ancient medieval plague pit. But, more disturbing, is the discovery that the grave is home to a more recent resident...

The Black Death and Later Plague Epidemics in the Scandinavian Countries:

Perspectives and Controversies

Author: Ole Jørgen Benedictow

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 8376560476

Category: History

Page: 736

View: 2386


This monograph represents an expansion and deepening of previous works by Ole J. Benedictow - the author of highly esteemed monographs and articles on the history of plague epidemics and historical demography. In the form of a collection of articles, the author presents an in-depth monographic study on the history of plague epidemics in Scandinavian countries and on controversies of the microbiological and epidemiological fundamentals of plague epidemics.


Author: David Orme

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 023753522X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 57

View: 2030


When Henry Harper's father dies in the Great Plague of London in 1665, the rest of his family flees to the country while Henry, an apothecary's apprentice, stays behind to care for the body, only to be imprisoned in the house.

Underground London

Travels Beneath the City Streets

Author: Stephen Smith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748123946

Category: Travel

Page: 416

View: 8389


What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in UNDERGROUND LONDON, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an exploration through time: Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross (legend has it); Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; on the platforms of the now defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that 'Careless talk costs lives'. Stephen Smith uncovers the secrets of the city by walking through sewers, tunnels under such places as Hampton Court, ghost tube stations, and long lost rivers such as the Fleet and the Tyburn. This is 'alternative' history at its best.

The Plague and the Fire

Author: James Leasor

Publisher: House of Stratus

ISBN: 0755100409

Category: History

Page: 254

View: 2008


This dramatic story chronicles the horror and human suffering of two terrible years in London¿s history. 1665 brought the plague and cries of ¿Bring Out Your Dead¿ echoed the city. A year later, the already decimated capital was reduced to ashes in four days by the fire that began in Pudding Lane. James Leasor weaves in the first-hand accounts of Daniel Defoe and Samuel Pepys, among others.